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after a mob stormed the consulate in benghazi. the violence, though, spreading not only in cairo, and you can see live pictures from egypt, it's spreading in the region and to a certain degree as well. we'll stay on top of it. that's it for us, thank you very much for watching, "ac 360" starts right now. breaking news tonight. >>> good evening, everyone. american warships and u.s. marines on the move, drones airborne. and a running battle on the streets of cairo between police and protesters outside and near the u.s. embassy and at a mosque in tahrir square. these are live pictures. late new developments in the wake of the siege there yesterday and the attack on the u.s. consulate that left four americans dead, including j. christopher stevens, the ambassador to libya who's being remembered as a dedicated and talented advocate for this country overseas. it is hard to overstate the significance of what happened last night at that american consulate in benghazi. he is the first ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in the last three decades and only the sixth in the entire hi
the significance of what happened last night at that american consulate in benghazi. he is the first ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in the last three decades and only the sixth in the entire history of american diplomacy. tonight we're learning that his death and the deaths of three of his staffers may have come not at the hands of a random mob of islamic fundamentalists who were riled up, instead sources say that a pro-al qaeda group is the key suspect now and a senior u.s. official says american surveillance drones are expected to join in the hunt for them. the fbi is also investigating. as we said at the top of the program, american warships have begun steaming closer to libya. a marine yunlt is heading to trip loli to beef up the forces there. >> we're working with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. i have directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> well, later today after that speech on the cbs evening
correspondent arwa damon in benghazi. also joining us david ignatius, the columnist for "the washington post." david, let me start with you. you have some information, fascinating and intriguing information that the attack on the consulate may have been linked to al qaeda operatives in libya as a revenge plot. what exactly are you hearing? >> wolf, i heard from a source who has good sources on the ground in the libyan underground that the talk there was that the attack on the u.s. consulate that killed our ambassador stevens on september 11 last week was conceived as by the people who did it, an act of revenge to retaliate for the drone attack that killed a key al qaeda operative and planner. i ran that yesterday by a u.s. intelligence official who said that although some of the elements that i'd heard did not check out that they had heard the same thing. they'd heard this talk of revenge for the killing as a motive for the attack on the consulate in benghazi. so the u.s. government has been hearing the same thing that i picked up from my source. >> that would seem to suggest, david, i'm goi
-protesters rallied last night in benghazi against groups they say are responsible on the attack against the u.s. consulate that killed four americans. >> pro-democracy demonstrators began taking the situation into their own hands and storming various headquarters of known extremist militias in the city of benghazi. >> counter-protesters were met by some resistance. four people were killed and dozens injured last night in benghazi. more in libya in about three minutes here on cnn. >>> at least 220 people were killed today in syria with government forces shelling aleppo and the damascus suburb. this comes as leaders of the rebel free syrian army are moving from turkey into syrian territories. it's a milestone for the group who has many ex-soldiers who defected from president bashar al assad's army to fight the regime. the leader says the next step is to start liberating damascus. >>> the wife of a missing retired fbi agent hopes to meet with the president of iran to plead for her husband's safe return. robert levenson disappeared on kish island in 2007 while investigating cigarette smuggling fo
capital of tripoli to honor the four americans killed in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. they will be holding a memorial service momentarily for u.s. ambassador chris stevens, former navy seals glen dougherty and tyrone woods, and information officer sean smith. officials believe the four men were killed by radical islamic insurgents who used a protest over an anti-muslim film as a diversion to attack the consulate. ala gorani has more on the kinds of concerns that ambassador stevens apparently had about his personal security or the security of his fellow comrades there. >> right, and of american interests in eastern libya and other parts of libya as well. you know, all the way back in june of this year a senior libyan official was already telling cnn that u.s. drones were flying over suspected jihady camps, that this was already a cause for concern. according to the libyan official, and this is something, again, that was said a few months ago back in june long before this attack on the u.s. consulate that there are 200 to 300 men under the control of radical islamist co
in benghazi has left the city in chaos. it's not the libyans who support the u.s. who are under siege. it's the radical islamic group that is tied to the atang that killed the u.s. ambassador and three others ten days ago. hundreds of pro u.s. libyans ma marched and took over the extremist headquarters. arwa damon is on the ground in benghazi and shows us how these citizen militias have gone on the offense and have the radicals on the run. but the battle isn't over yet. >> there was an initial sense of euphoria, people saying that this is the real libya. cleansed of extremists by its own people. but the situation quickly turned sinister. >> boom, boom, boom. >> be careful. >> wait. >> there's gunfire. >> just on the other side of this wall is the second location that we're told is being struck tonight. but contrary to what we witnessed at the first place, here, there seems to be something of a gun battle going ob. we are hearing sporadic gun fire as well as other small explosions. the location, it would turn out, is actually the headquarters of a battalion backed by the government. >> arw
. this was their work in benghazi and this is the work we will carry on. >> president obama today talking of the mission that so many americans do and what four americans died doing. we put them front and center tonight. ambassador christopher stevens, sean smith, glen doherty and tyrone woods. joining me on the phone is ambassador stevens' stepfather. i am so sorry for your loss and please extend our condolences to your entire family. what do you want people to know about your stepson? >> well, i think what you learn today, it tells me what his legacy was at the anderson air force base when the caskets were brought back, 800 members of the state department were there and the president for the first time he spoke at one of these ceremonial dignified transfers and secretary clinton spoke and they all expressed the understanding that chris's commitment to libya and to the country has left a legacy that will live after him. so this is what i'd like people to know, that he was beloved by his colleagues in the state department and from the people of libya. the libya ambassador came and spoke to us, came and
in benghazi last week. the nation's counter-terrorism chief telling congress heavily armed extremists saw an opportunity to attack during protests over an anti-muslim film and took it. and the u.s. is looking for links to al qaeda. >> i would say, yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. >> now sources are telling cnn ambassador stevens was worried about his and others safety mentioning a rise in islamic extremism and growing al qaeda presence in libya. he also mentioned being on an al qaeda hit list. john mccain was outraged last night. >> does it make any sense to you the level, or the small level of security he apparently had with him? >> it doesn't make any sense. i'll tell you what else doesn't make any sense is that the white house spokesman, secretary of state and our ambassador to the u.n. stating categorically it was not a terrorist attack when obviously it had all the earmarks of a terrorist attack including rocket propelled grenades and heavy weapons and a very well carried out military operation. >> libyan military officials telling cnn they me
in the consulate at benghazi when he and the former ambassador from america were killed last week. he was 42 years old and served two combat tours in the iraq war. he retired from the s.e.a.l.s seven years ago. >>> and also churning out of the gun operation program known as fast and furious and the one that has been dogging the obama administration since last year. there is a long awaited report due out by the justice department, the inspector general in fact, and it may be released some time today. you will recall that the botched investigation was supposed to monitor the head honchos invo e involved in illegal gun running to mexico, but it is also being blamed for contributing to crimes, and not stopping them, and also been linked to the killing of a u.s. border agent. the republican-controlled house voted to hold attorney general eric holder in contempt of congress for failing to turn over documents that were related to the case. holder did turn over thousands, but there were many that were not turned over as well. joe johns is monitoring the developments in washington. so the inspector jep ra
in benghazi, libya, the ambassador christopher stevens was murdered. do you condemn the attacking which caused his murder? >> translator: fundamentally, first of all, any action that is provocative offends the religious thoughts and feelings of any people we condemn. likewise, we condemn any type of extremism. of course, what took place was ugly, offending the holy prophet is quite ugly. this has very little or nothing to do with freedom and freedom of speech. this is the weakness and the abuse of freedom. and in many places it is a crime. it shouldn't take place, and i do hope that they will come in which politicians will not seek to offend those whom others hold holy or with sanctities. but we also believe that this must also be resolved in a humane atmosphere, in a participatory environment and we do not like anybody losing their lives or being killed. >> there are protesters all over the middle east now threatening the staff of american embassies, to kill them, behead them. do you think they should stop? >> translator: you see, i cannot determine what people or nations should do, but i do
. stevens died in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi along with three other meamericans. homeland official said the attack was not carry ied out by people simply protesting that anti-islam film. >>> i would say, yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. >> and the presence of rad ical islam in libya has some top senators worried about the united states' relationship with the country. >> libya, very weak, as you know. their borders are porous. but still it is the obligation of the host country to protect our consulates, our embassies and our personnel. it's partially ours but we have to depend on the host country and we have to, then, sort out and rethink what presence we're going to have and what relationship we're going to have with these countries. >> u.s. intelligence officials are still investigating the incident. at least one suspect from the attack in libya has been apprehended. >>> within the hour, the department of justice's inspector general will brief lawmakers about his fast and furious report, atf's weapons trafficking investigation was
and walked the streets of benghazi myself, and despite what we saw in that horrific incident where some mob was hijacked ultimately by a handful of extremists, the united states is extremely popular in libya and the outpouring of sympathy and support for ambassador stevens and his colleagues from the government and from people as evidence of that, the fact is, candy, that this is a turbulent time. it's a time of dramatic change. it's a change that the united states has backed because we understand that when democracy takes root, when human rights and people's freedom of expression can be manifested, it may lead to turbulence in the short-term, but over the long-term, that is in the interest of the united states. the mobs we've seen on the outside of these embassies are small minority. they're the ones who have largely lost in these emerging democratic processes, and just as the people of these countries are not going to allow their lives to be hijacked by a dictator, they're not going to allow an extremist mob to hijack their future and their freedom, and we're going to continue to stand wi
gadhafi, and now we have a situation where the fbi, we are told, won't even go to benghazi, which was the seat of the rebel -- the folks that we supported because it's so dangerous there, so they're investigate this from a tripoli, which is 400 miles away. what does that tell you, a -- >> thousands of libyans demonstrated. they went after these militia extremists which are al qaeda-affiliated themselves. the united states is more popular in libya than any country in the arab world, but they need help. after it was over, did we give them the assistance they needed? no. their borders are poor. laid is coming in. they don't have a strong government. they have a people that like the united states of america. in afghanistan we are having americans killed by "insiders." >> the troops that we're training. >> yeah. >> forces we are training in uniform. they just inflicked the greatest damage back on kandahar since the tet offensive. they blew up irreplaceable aircraft, and it's because the president has consistently overruled the recommendations of his military advisors. the chickens are
of the benghazi incident in which he was deemed by most people, including many on his own side, to have jumped in with a critical statement of the president really without knowing all the facts and turning it into a political football when most people thought that was the wrong thing to do. >> i agree. >> as an american politician at that time. >> absolutely. when our country is attacked in any way, shape or form, we need to pull will together, come together, not separate at that point. i mean, you know what i would do over there? i would do what the pinnacle of the republican party, the hero, whatever of modern day, ronald reagan did. do you recall when back in the '80s the barracks in lebanon was hit and over 200 marines were killed? did ronald reagan go to war? no. he got us the hell out of there. and that's where i stand on this. if these people don't want us over there, let's close our embassies. i stand with ron paul. let's get rid of foreign aid altogether, because, as ron paul put it, the definition of "foreign aid," that's taking from america's poor and giving it to another country's
that there was concern in libya, in benghazi, about a rising militancy extremism in the area. what the state department says is there was a small attack on the u.s. consulate in june, an ied attack and several other attacks on foreign targets and the state department says that they beefed up security at this diplomatic facility, significantly, in the months leading up to the attack -- the september 11 attack. but what they said is what they were preparing for, what they were trying to guard off against they couldn't foresee the kind of massive fire assault that they saw that day. they were beefing up security in accordance with some of the other attacks that pattern of threats out there and they say that nobody could have predicted the amount of fire fight they had that day. obviously we see now those security measures were not enough to save ambassador stevens and those other three americans. >> what about today and looking ahead, in terms of this region. how is the state department, how will they beef up security there? >> well, it is a really good question. brooke, after those massive attacks on the
the intelligence community. they're now saying that the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, was indeed an organized terrorist attack. the original statement after the september 11 attack was that it was a violent end to a spontaneous protest over an anti-muslim film. but an investigation found evidence to the contrary. that investigation is still going on. >>> president obama spoke with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu over the phone for about 20 minutes yesterday. the white house says the president reaffirmed his commitment to israel's security and agreed they must prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. the president has been criticized for not meeting with netanyahu in person. netanyahu has expressed frustration with the u.s. for not taking a more aggressive stance on iran. the u.s. instead relying on diplomacy and sanctions. later, mitt romney also spoke to netanyahu by phone. >>> well there are only 38 days left until election day. early voting has already started in a few states and even more kick it up next week. also next week, the first presidential de
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